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Hourglass (Evernight) Paperback – March 8, 2011
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About the Author
Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.
- Grade level : 8 - 12
- Lexile measure : 700L
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061284483
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061284489
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.83 x 8 inches
- Reading level : 14 - 17 years
- Publisher : HarperTeen (March 8, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #335,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of my biggest issues with "Gray's" writing in the first two installments of this series was her propensity to be a tad bit flighty and unfocused in areas, and yes... I'm not going to say that "Hourglass" is mutually exclusive of this same complaint, but I will say that it is dramatically less noticeable which makes the plot read much soother than her first two attempts.
"Hourglass" picks up where "Stargazer" ended. Bianca (a half-vamp half human) and Lucas (a vampire hunter) find themselves in full lock-down inside of a Black Cross hide out. (think "warehouse full of Buffy wannabes") Life is hard...Bianca has to find a way to eat (aka drink) and Lucas has to find a way to save money (to plot their escape), but that's not all; Ms. Bethany is pissed and she's out for revenge. After 1 very misguided attempt to contact her parents Bianca leads a less-than-merry band of vamps right to their doorstep. Amidst the fighting secrets are revealed and time starts to tick. Lucas and Bianca find themselves on the run, but what exactly are they running from? Will the Black Cross hunt them down and make an example out of them, or will Bianca's mysterious dizzy spells finally take precedence over EVERYTHING.
There were definitely chapters that drug in "Hourglass" but in the end, the epic battle scenes and life decisions that seemed to pop up on every corner overshadowed the duller aspects of the plot. Balthazar was naturally thrown back into the mix (which I personally was happy to see), and the character development in this novel was leaps and bounds over the two previous editions. Be forewarned however that the book ends abruptly and shockingly and (if you are like me) you will be more than compelled to curse at your Kindle (or book.)
I am however, going to go on record as saying... I just may have been wrong about this particular series... there may be a bigger crowd out their for it than I originally speculated, because this novel was nothing short of a page turner.
There were surprisingly smart guys in Hawaiian print shirts, evil green water guns, a wraith with control issues, an ex-Viking, and several very well written battle sequences.
Get it, Live it, Love it...pass it on.
Happy reading my fellow Wraiths and remember: when in doubt... go with the sneak attack.
Bianca and Lucas muddle through and their interactions on the run are some of the more touching scenes in this novel. Lucas really grows as a character and turns away from his black and white view (human=good/ vampire=bad) of the world. Vic and Balthazar make appearances, although the later for a heartbreaking scene of devotion to Bianca.
My major complaint about this sequel is how the mystery surrounding Bianca's changing body was handled. Throughout the series, the question has always been if she refuses to change into a vampire, what happens? The author drops enough hints throughout this book that by the time the transition happens, you knew what Bianca was changing into. And that is the key problem for me.
Bianca changes into a wraith. Why Bianca could not have foreseen this is beyond me. She knows that vampires can only have a child with the help of wraiths. Her soul is from the wraiths and her body from the vampire parents. The wraiths appear around her and say "our," or "she is not for you" and defends her from being turned into a vampire. When Bianca does not complete the transition to a vampire, she starts getting dizzy, losing her appetite, will to live and starts fading away (like one would expect for a wraith). For a kick-a** heroine to this point, I expected more. Make a call to her parents to see what was happening instead of lying down and dying. Doing something.
The ending was a huge cliffhanger and now you have to wait until next year!
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Book 2 of the Evernight series, Stargazer, ended rather dramatically. Evernight attacked, set on fire, and Bianca and Lucas escaped only with Black Cross. Now Black Cross are giving her refuge, still under the belief that she's human, kidnapped and raised by vampires as a baby. If they find out the truth, that she is actually a vampire herself, they'll kill her. And most likely Lucas as well. But they don't have anywhere else to go. Escaping from Black Cross could well be harder than escaping Evernight, and they need money they don't have as well. So they stay, Bianca trains, learns to fight, while starving for blood only able to get a little every few days instead of daily like she needs. Bianca and Lucas get little time together either, not alone, and Bianca can't confide in her roommate, Raquel, either because she's sided completely with Black Cross. It leaves Bianca feeling very alone in the heart of enemy territory.
Then Balthazar, Bianca's closest friend from Evernight, a vampire, is captured. Bianca can't watch them torture him so she convinces Lucas they have to save him, somehow. Lucas, who has never liked Balthazar for his attraction to Bianca, agrees for her sake more than anything. But he puts his heart in to it and together they come up with a plan. But in such close quarters, can they really save him and continue to keep Bianca's secret? And Lucas', because if they discover Bianca's fed from him, he'll be in just as much trouble. Living on the run, Mrs Bethany, the powerful head of Evernight Academy, after them, surrounded by Black Cross members who'd kill them in an instant if the truth came out, things are far from certain for Bianca and Lucas.
I really, really loved this book. It was fascinating seeing Bianca and Lucas attempt to cope within Black Cross. Neither wanted to be there and the tension between Lucas and some of the members was almost explosive. It wasn't always fast paced, but it never felt slow either. I think there is more action in this book than the previous two, and I loved seeing how they both dealt with the things thrown their way.
It's a great continuation of the series, building on previous events, more secrets are revealed and dealt with, and both Lucas and Bianca continue to grow and learn from the things they face. I've loved how this series has developed. Ms. Gray does a great job of hiding things until the last moment, with just subtle hints before hand which don't make anything easy to guess, but makes perfect sense when you understand what's going on.
I've loved Bianca and Lucas from the start, and Balthazar grew on me a lot as well through Stargazer and this. But Vic has become one of my all time favourite side characters with this book. I loved him already, but even more so now. He's smart, takes things in stride, and yet has a serious, deeper side which just makes him more impressive and lovable.
The build up for the ending is intense. I confess that I think Bianca and Lucas should have figured out what was going on with her a bit sooner than she did. But on the other hand, it does still make sense that they didn't. The ending though, about killed me. I'm so glad I hadn't got in to this series sooner and read this as soon as it released, because the wait for the final book, Afterlife, may just kill me and I've got less to wait than some. Such an awesome series, great writing, great story, great characters, and a must read. It's still far from your typical YA vampire series and it's up there with Strange Angels [Lili St. Crow] and Vampire Academy [Richelle Mead] on my favourites list.
I particularly enjoyed Bianca and Lucas's proximity, their little "honeymoon"-like at Vic's place and how they struggled to get out of Black Cross. Balthazar character didn't disappoint me, and her sister psychiatric problem enhanced the tension of the story.
Lucas's transformation in the end surprised me as well although I suspected it would happen eventually but certainly NOT with Bianca being a wraith now.
Okay, I admit. The wraith thing disturbs me.
But it was a good book, a great reading. Emotions were high while I read this.
5 out of 5.
I did enjoy it but maybe not as much as the other books I have read, the story line could have been stronger with more romance and stuff, anyway I think quiet a few customers could enjoy the book So try 't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!